We’re so happy about these three announcements, including about our recent giveaway competition.
Firstly, a HUGE thanks to everyone who entered. We really appreciate your interest in us. There will be more competitions in the future, and there are discount coupons for everyone too. We will email you about that soon.
A foreign model posing for tourist theme photos
Secondly, a HUGE congratulations to Noam W of Tel Aviv, and Sarah W of New Berlin who both won the $150 worth of ABlyth items. We’ve already sent you emails, please check your inbox and spam boxes.
Finally, we ask a big favour. Now the winners have been drawn, please don’t abandon us. There are two big reasons why. Firstly, we want to host more giveaway competitions like this again, but we need your support to make it possible. Members get free shipping and other discounts for sharing photos of ABlyth products on social media.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, we are partnering with an environmental organisation, because we want to contribute to having a sustainable future for our children, and children’s children; and we’ll need your help. We’ll be announcing more on this in the coming weeks.
Watch this space.
UPDATE 2nd May: We’ve contacted the winners directly. Regarding contacting all the other entrants, we’ve broke our email system, so we’re working on that.
1 new photo each week with a short story about Japan (you can keep the photo for personal use on your own blogs), and
Each month, a new travel guide entry, or
A photographic how-to (great for beginners and travellers)
This project is really new, and we have BIG plans for it. It is exciting, and will be loaded with travel advice, travel information, and photographic ideas to make your next big trip fantastic. Best part is: It’s super cheap AND you can join in the discussion. Most travel books provide information one-way. Here, we will build a community, and you can have your say on what we can do next. That’s right, if you want to know more about a place in Kyoto, and other people agree, we can take you there with our Patreon blog.
We’ve teamed up with HelloSpace.Me the leading provider of websites for education and lifestyle people and groups.
WIN a FREE website from HelloSpace.Me
Want your own .com web address and website? Yes, you can be one of five people to win the first year of your own website FREE from HelloSpace.Me. To enter, simply Become a Patron to our Patreon.com/ablyth blog in September 2017 and you’re in the running. Winners will be announced both here, Patreon.com/ablyth, and at HelloSpace.Me/blog. The prize is over USD$130 of webspace and domain for your own website*.
You will get:
The Lite Plan with 3Gb webspace, easy one-click install of WordPress and many other web apps, upto 5 email addresses, and more (see the Lite Plan here).
Domain registration (for your own web address) choose a name with one of the following TLDs: .com .audio .ca .cn .eu .nagoya .net .nl .nz .one .org .pro .ru .space .tokyo .uk .us (USD$20/yr limit).
If you prefer a different TLD like .blog .me or .photo then you will still get the 3Gb webspace free, but you will neet to pay for the domain registration (web address registration) yourself. Full list of TLDs is here.
Would you mind if I drop your name in a photography competition? The winning criteria is not clear (or stated at all, actually), so I’m not sure if it’s a raffle, or there’s some intelligent selection happening. In short, there is a $5,000 sponsorship for a photo shoot, and a free camera, so a claimed total of $8,000 of prizes for one lucky travel photographer. They want two things. 1. 25 words or less of “Your dream shoot”. 2. A list of email addresses to invite other photographers. I don’t know if the winner will be the one with the best 25 words or less, longest list of invites, the most invites who joined their website and entered, or best 25 words and matching portfolio on their system. Because their winning criteria is not explicit, I’m a little hesitant to just throw people’s names in without checking first. In any case, I’d love to use that money for another trip to Vietnam and get a wider array of great local images of life there, tourism, and more.
A young lady in The Morning Café in Saigon, Vietnam.
Next weekend is the Nagoya Dance Festival, or ‘Domatsuri’. I’ll be attending. Usually it’s either extraodinarily hot and sunny, and terrible to photograph in; or wet, humid, hot and terrible to photograph in. Wish me luck this year. The Nagoya dance festival is not a traditional town festival, nor traditional dance event. It was modelled on the Hokkaido event that the Nagoya university students attended, and were impressed by. Consequently, because of the Hokkaido influence, there are Sino-Japanese style dances, rock/pop influences, as well as more traditional or jazzed-up styles as well. It’s dynamic, and a feast for the eye. I always love to see the Kyoto University teams, they have time and depth-of-knowledge to dedicate in their preparations for this event. This is a must see for all tourists visiting Nagoya at this time of year.
My blurb for PhotoShelter portfolio gallery (shown below)
The Nagoya Dance Festival competition, known locally as Domatsuri is an annual summer event held at the end of August. Domatsuri was first organised by university students in 1999, and later taken over by the city. It now attracts over 200 teams with over 20,000 participants, with an audience of nearly 2 million viewers.?
As you can see it’s a big event, and a very big deal. More information can be found at the Domatsuri webpage (in English). Below is the gallery available on my PhotoShelter portfolio, but more is also available at Asia Photo Connection (13 images available, see pages 5-6).